The Sun Never Sets on Family Memories | Washington D.C. Family Photographer

In a few months, the Ottenbreit’s time in the Nation’s Capital will end when they move west to Minnesota. But the sun never sets on fond family memories. To underscore that fact, the Ottenbreits decided to close their chapter in DC with a sunrise family portrait session at the Lincoln memorial.

Folks are always dedicated to producing a quality family photograph, but the Ottenbreits were particularly committed—waking up at 4:30 a.m. to take advantage of that all-too-fleeting pre-dawn light. The results were well worth the effort.

The rays of light and bursts of sunbeams are dramatic enough, but what I really love about taking advantage of these early morning hours is the quiet calm that permeates the National Mall. There’s not a tourist in sight, as if the reflecting pool and Lincoln Memorial’s marble columns were the Ottenbreits’s own private studio. The symbolism the backdrops provide is also special—the final photos seem to suggest that the Ottenbreit children are inheriting the country at the dawn of their journey into the world, their future bright and sunny.

I love on-location family photography shoots in DC because I can truly capture my clients in places that mean something to them. And when clients have a connection to their surroundings, the family photos always convey a naturalness that no studio can duplicate.

The Ottenbreits clearly shine in their favorite place. What’s yours? I’d love to hear from you.